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The Cartographer's View, with Sotheby's

In a private apartment near the top of the Woolworth Building, you’ll see rare, historically significant maps and one of the finest views in the world.

A once-in-a-lifetime event to see unusual and historic maps and learn about the mapmaker’s craft while enjoying one of the most remarkable private spaces in New York City.

This month Sotheby’s is holding an online auction of rare maps and manuscripts. We'll take a selection of the most interesting maps to an apartment on the 40th floor of the Woolworth Building. F.W. Woolworth himself kept his private office on this floor, because he thought it had the best view in Manhattan.

We'll be joined by Dr. Kalika Sands, Sotheby's Associate Cataloguer, who will guide you in a viewing that includes earliest obtainable authentic map with the place name “America,” a map of Oklahoma used by Lindbergh in flight, and the first printed map to depict the world from the pole. Connie Brown, artist and mapmaker, will bridge the conversation from the past to the present by discussing the perspective and intentions of a person creating a map.

You'll end your night inside the former site of F. W. Woolworth's office, where B&H Photo Video will have set up brass telescopes to aid your own navigation. Under the careful eye of Stuart Lynn, a map scientist with a Ph.D. in astrophysics, you'll explore the skyline and the skies far, far away. 

Guests will be able to enjoy complimentary beer and wine during the event. 

This event is produced in partnership with Sotheby's Fine Books & Manuscripts Department. To view their current catalog of items up for auction, including items described above, head to the Sotheby's online auction, open until June 28th, 2018.

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About The Woolworth Building

Built in 1913 and celebrated as the tallest building in the world at the time of completion in 1913, The Woolworth Building majestically rises 792 feet above City Hall Park at the gateway to Tribeca. Woolworth spared no expense on the construction, evidenced from the detailed exteriors and interiors of the graceful tower. The top 30 floors of the 58-story building, including the penthouse, are being restored as apartments.

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